The Relics of Santo Galileo

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Galileo's vertebra.gifWho knew? In 1737, when the remains of Galileo were being translated to the monumental tomb across from Michelangelo’s in Santa Croce Basilica in Florence, some admirers made off with three fingers, a tooth, and the fifth lumbar vertebra, of which the tooth and two fingers were lost, and now they are found.

The recovered body parts will be put on display in Florence’s Museum of the History of Science next year, presumably alongside the vertebra and the two Galileo telescopes the museum has in its possession.

I would propose that the devout atheists at the Center for Inquiry now have their pilgrimage site.